Deal will see units deployed on £18 billion Riyadh metro project
Airedale International has won a £1m order to supply precision AC to server rooms on the new Riyadh metro system in Saudi Arabia.
The Airedale EasiCool units will be used to cool the server rooms incorporated in the new metro stations currently under construction as part of Riyadh’s £18bn six-line metro project. The underground lines will cover 170 km and will contain 85 stations. The first phase of the project is due to open next year.
Asim Ansari, Airedale’s export sales manager, said: “Exports now make up around 30 per cent of our sales and we have been growing our presence in the Middle East over the last few years, after establishing an office in Dubai in 2014. This has allowed us to strengthen partnerships in the region, in this case with Saudi Temco, SETRA and the BACS Consortium, which are heavily involved with the design and construction of the project.”
Mr Ansari added: “The ’made-in-Britain’ pedigree carries a lot of influence in the UAE, as in many other countries. UK-engineered goods have become synonymous with the highest quality and continued technical innovation.”
Mr Ansari also gives free advice to fledgling exporters through the Leeds City Region-based ExportExchange. He said “We have been exporting our products for several decades and it’s very rewarding to be able to help other businesses by passing on some of that expertise. A carefully planned export strategy can be a way to future-proof a business, providing some protection against the anticipated after effects of Brexit and the negative impact on the UK economy that it’s forecast to create.”